China Take Two

Denise described Saturday perfectly. I was so shocked when they said my Visa was expired, I can’t believe I dropped the ball. THE BIGGEST BALL EVER. A ball the size the of CHINA.

I went home, cried, broke a few nic nacs (I have plenty to spare, trust me!), took a muscle relaxer and slept for 5 hours. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt so disappointed in myself, not to mention worried for one of the people I love, admire, and care about most in this world–Denise! I hated imagining her alone on the 14 hour plane, although I knew she would make friends. She makes friends everywhere she goes, but she didn’t even get the window seat. I know it sounds like a small thing, but I know how much she loves that spot. And there’s always a comfort in the familiar. Ugh, I hated not being able to give that to her.

On the bright side of all of this, I now get to bring Lauren to China even sooner. Much sooner. As in FRIDAY! Denise and I were texting and making a plan the moment she landed in Detroit, our favorite airport to fly out of.  Denise didn’t feel comfortable going over the Spring 2013 line alone, so we decided I would fly out as soon as I can get Lauren a Passport, a visa, and myself a new visa! This is going to be a very busy week for us.

So now we have an appointment in Chicago at the passport agency for 9:30 AM tomorrow and I’m driving to Chicago for the first time. Heck, if I can go to China with Lauren and be the leader for once then driving to Chicago should be a breeze, right?

Wish me luck, you guys!



Laura Rosswurm - April 24, 2012 - 3:46 pm

Forgive yourself Sam. Remember the name of last year’s collection: “Seredipity”. Life is full of it if we relax and enjoy!

Joy Williams - April 23, 2012 - 3:48 pm

At least you didn’t have problems once you were there. It’s best to find out prior. We were all the way across the world and found out there was an issue with everyone’s visa with the firm my husband was working for. Imagine having to fly your whole family Back to the states to get that all important paper work recleared. Not fun….anyways good luck on getting a new one quickly. Safe travels!

Karen - April 23, 2012 - 10:02 am

Gosh, I know how disappointed you must’ve been, but chin up, buttercup! Small setback and it will all work itself out. Safe travels to you and have a great trip! 🙂

Adrianne - April 23, 2012 - 9:54 am

Hey Sam! You’ll be like a block away from my office tomorrow! Maybe i’ll see you at Starbucks when you are done 🙂 Good luck, and safe travels!!

Courtney Puhl - April 23, 2012 - 9:46 am

You can do it Sam! Best of luck!

Alison - April 23, 2012 - 8:05 am

Chicago is easy-peasie-lemon-squeezie! If you’re getting directions via your GPS just bring paper directions/map as a back up. You’ll be fine!

M Moulton - April 23, 2012 - 8:03 am

God Be with you and Safe Travels Sam and Lauren. Denise you are amazing, traveling to China alone. 🙂

Gran - April 23, 2012 - 7:59 am

Good morning Sam, well it looks like plan B is going to be a good one for all of you. Thinking of you and yes, you can drive anywhere in the world (maybe….) now that you have traveled so far. Busy week, lots of positive thinking coming your way.

pamela r. - April 23, 2012 - 7:36 am

As with anything- all things happen for a reason. Can’t wait to see what unfolds due to these reasons!! Hope you have a great week and travels.

Hope Boyce - April 23, 2012 - 7:36 am

Safe travels, Sweet Girl! On the bright side … this will NEVER, EVER happen to you again … or anyone close to you! Life is constantly a learning session! Maybe it was meant to be … you will officially be the leader of the pack … well, until you meet up with the head dog in China! Of course, you can drive in the big bad city to make it happen!

sonia zilvitis - April 23, 2012 - 7:29 am

You’ll love Chicago! I love it almost as much as home sweet home Milwaukee. 🙂